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Justin Thomas spotted testing Titleist T200 2-iron at St. Andrews

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The conditions at the Old Course at St. Andrews are firm and windy ahead of the 150th Open Championship, and with sunshine in the forecast until Friday, it’ll only continue to get faster.

To battle the conditions, GolfWRX’s early observations show players are testing long iron and driving iron options to replace higher-launching fairway woods. Marc Leishman, for example, told me on Saturday that he’s using a 2-iron for the first time in “awhile,” but he wants something that can flight lower and with more control than his usual 5-wood or 7-wood.

2022 PGA Champion Justin Thomas appears to be considering a similar switch.

In his typical bag setup, Thomas uses a Titleist TSi3 driver, a TS3 3-wood, a 915 Fd 5-wood, and a mixed iron set consisting of a T100 4-iron and custom 621.JT MB irons (5-9).  

When he showed up to St. Andrews for a practice round with Tiger Woods on Sunday prior to Open week, however, Thomas also had a T200 2-iron in the bag. The early word from Titleist is that he’s deciding between the 5-wood and 2-iron.

With three days of testing left before The Open begins on Thursday, Thomas hasn’t made a concrete decision, but we’ll keep an eye on his bag throughout the week to see what he decides.

See more photos of JT’s 2-iron here

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Jack

    Jul 15, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    using it to miss the cut?

  2. paulo

    Jul 12, 2022 at 6:51 am

    pro golfer tests 2 iron at firm links course. is that really the best story from the week this far ?

    • Gordy3279

      Jul 12, 2022 at 11:42 am

      It’s better than the LIV non sense which is becoming nauseating.

  3. Jessup

    Jul 11, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    T200 irons fell awful.

  4. Pingback: Tiger Woods trolls Justin Thomas beautifully during Open practice round – GolfWRX

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Ping launches limited PLD Anser Patent 55 putter in copper

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Ping has today unveiled its PLD Anser Patent 55 putter in copper, the third of four fully machined collector’s models being offered as part of a year-long celebration acknowledging the issuance of the original Ping Anser putter patent 55 years ago.

The choice of copper as the material is a tribute to Arizona and its rich tradition as the country’s leading producer of the material. Arizona has also been the home of Ping for more than 60 years and it’s where founder Karsten Solheim first sketched the Anser design on a 78-rpm record sleeve in 1966.

Speaking on the limited-release, Ping Executive Chairman John A. Solheim, said

“The celebration of the Anser patent’s 55th anniversary has been very exciting and rewarding.  It’s generated renewed interest in the Anser story and shed deserving light on its game-changing role in putter engineering and the continued influence it has on putter designs today.”

“The first two versions of the Anser Patent 55 sold out in less than three minutes, so we’re encouraging those interested to be ready promptly when we make them available on Monday. Several golfers have acquired the first two versions and we expect they’ll be ready on Monday to add to their collection in hopes of collecting all four.”

The putter launches today and will be available exclusively through pingpld.com beginning Monday at 2 pm ET. Only 55 of the precision-milled, handcrafted putters, which are made in the USA and serialized, will be available via the website for $790 (limit one per customer).

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (9/26/22): ‘The sexiest Miura TC-201s you may ever see’

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for “the Sexiest Miura TC-201s you may ever see”.

From the seller (@radiman): “So, you are going to have a very difficult time finding a set of Miura TC201 as clean and sexy as these.  4-PW set w/48* gw.   Club Champion literally just finished rebuilding these with a set of LAGP graphite iron shafts.  105g Stiff shafts.  Here are the specs on the irons for CC’s build.  The 48* is 60* lie and std loft.  Set also has custom BB&F ferrules. The shafts alone were almost $1k.  The heads are going to be hard to find in this condition.  Come with Lamkin Crossline Cord grips. Asking $2100 OBO

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: ‘The Sexiest Miura TC-201s you may ever see’

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Players distance iron shootout! TaylorMade vs. PXG vs. Takomo

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When I head to the range, I usually pack a golf bag to the brim with different clubs and driver shafts to ensure that I can hit a plethora of options. This week, I loaded up my bag and grabbed the Full Swing KIT launch monitor and a few of the players distance irons that I have been using this season. Out on the course the PXG 0311T Gen5, TaylorMade P770, and Takomo 101T have been really solid, and I have enjoyed my rounds with them. I never really do launch monitor comparisons, but I figured it would be fun to see what the differences in numbers showed me. Take a listen to the Club Junkie podcast for the full discussion on my time with these irons on the range!

The driving range I go to is close to my house but nothing you would consider the “ultimate golf club testing facility.” I was hitting off a mat and using two-piece range balls that surprisingly were in very good shape for this time in the season. Typically, most range balls have seen better days at the end of the summer and are struggling to hold on to the few dimples they have left. Most of the balls in my basket looked very new or like they had never been hit, so I was a little more confident in what I was seeing from the launch monitor. I hit six very good shots with each iron and did dump a couple of outliers that either went way left or that I might have caught a bit of mat first before contact with the ball. 

Carry Distance: I knew this metric was going to be close because I had played quite a few rounds with each of these sets, but I didn’t know it was going to be this close. Between the three sets of irons, there was a total of two yards difference between them all. For my swing, the PXG 0311T Gen5 was the longest of the group at 162 yards, followed up by the TaylorMade P770 at 161 yards, and finally the Takomo Iron 101T at 160 yards. So that means that out on the course they all play the same for me! At my skill level (9.7 handicap as of this writing) a mere two yards isn’t something that I can notice — especially when you throw in course conditions like wind, green undulation, and temperature. 

Spin: This was the metric I thought I would see some variation but my pre-shot rankings of what irons would spin the most and the least was 100 percent wrong! The highest spinning iron for me was the TaylorMade P770 at 6,531 rpm. Before hitting them on the launch monitor, I thought the P770 might be the lowest spinning iron of the three, but I was way off on that. The Takomo Iron 101T came in with an average of 6,374 rpm, and the PXG 0311T Gen5 was the lowest at 6,118 rpm. Now, remember that these are low-spin range balls, but a 400 rpm difference between the three is so close it isn’t very noticeable. None of the shots had any sort of ballooning shape to them and all hit their apex on a fairly steep trajectory. There is also a chance that a higher quality ball could even tighten that spin number up a bit as well.

Ball Speed and Smash Factor: In this category of “players distance” irons ball speed has become a bigger factor and most companies have been trying to help increase that number for golfers. The ball speed numbers on all three irons seem high and these for sure have more speed to them than the one-piece forged CB’s that I used to love to play. The Takomo Iron 101T took the top spot here at 117.8 mph and 1.40 on average with the PXG just being edged out at 117.3 mph and 1.37. The TaylorMade P770 came in a very close 3rd at 116.8 mph and 1.35. Again all very close and I love the fact that irons like these keep that ball speed number close even when you don’t find the center of the face. 

Launch and Apex: This one is usually pretty important to me as I don’t hit a typically high ball with any of my clubs. Added launch is my friend and allows me to have better distance control and get the ball to stop on the green without worrying about calculating the amount of release on the ball. For me the TaylorMade P770 launched the highest, by a few degrees, at 20 degrees and hit an Apex of 81 feet. The PXG 0311T Gen5 was the next highest at 16. degrees and hit an Apex of 75.5 feet. The Takomo Iron 101T was the lowest launching and flattest flying at 16.1 degrees and rising up to 73.5 feet at its apex. This was very noticeable on the range as the TaylorMade could easily be spotted as the highest launching. I also think that added launch is what gave the P770 the added distance even though its ball speed was a little lower.

Overall, it shows me how good this players distance category is and how many players probably fit very well into it. I like all three iron sets and will continue to rotate them through my rounds.

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